The Maps That Make Us
Personal essays about the power of maps in shaping our lives.
As a child, I loved the fantastical lands from The Phantom Tollbooth. As a troubled college student, I used them as a roadmap to self-acceptance.
As part of our series The Maps That Make Us, we’re asking readers to share mini-essays about a map that is especially important.
In El Paso, we call it the Rio Grande; our neighbors in Juárez know it as Río Bravo. It’s supposed to be a national border, but the river had its own ideas.
For generations in Southern California, the Thomas Guide led drivers through the streets of Los Angeles. Now apps do that. Did something get lost along the way?
Introducing a new CityLab series of personal essays on the power of maps in shaping our private and public lives.